The Easiest Thanksgiving Desserts for the Amateur Baker


If you aren't one to break out the Pinterest recipes around the holidays, we totally get it. There's a reason food delivery apps exist. But, you don't want to show up empty-handed wherever you're traveling to this Thanksgiving. Instead, fool your family into thinking you worked up a sweat in the kitchen! Here are five of the easiest recipes to ever exist.

Fudgy Cocoa Brownies by Cafe Delights

Fudgy cocoa brownies

Brownies are a classic fan-favorite at any social gathering, and this easy-to-whip-up recipe is a chocolate lover's dream.


½ cup of unsalted buttery spread, melted

1 tablespoon olive oil

1⅛ cup sugar

2 large eggs

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

½ cup plain flour

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

The steps:

1. Preheat oven to 175°C | 350°F.

2. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking oil spray and line with parchment paper.

3. Combine oil, melted butter, and sugar together in a medium-sized bowl. Whisk together for one minute. Add eggs and vanilla; beat for another minute.

4. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt, gently stirring the dry ingredients through the wet.

5. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing the top out evenly.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes

7. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature before slicing.


Salted Caramel Pretzel Snaps by Oh Sweet Basil

salted caramel pretzel snaps

Combining sweet caramel and savory salty pretzel makes for a pretty irresistible combo. Expect these to be gone in seconds after you serve them.


3 bars milk chocolate almond bark, melted 

½ bag mini pretzels

½ bag caramel squares, melted 

Sea salt

The steps:

1. Lay out wax or parchment paper

2. Drizzle chocolate on the paper and smooth it out with the back of the spoon in a circular motion.

3.  Overlap three pretzels onto the chocolate and drizzle caramel over. Sprinkle with a sea salt and then drizzle more chocolate.

4. Let the treats set 


Homemade Caramel by Great Grub Delicious Treats

homemade caramel

These caramel bites will literally melt in your mouth. The best part? No extensive baking resume necessary–this recipe was made for the amateur baker. 


1 cup butter

1 16 oz box of light brown sugar

Dash of salt

1 cup light corn syrup

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 tsp vanilla

The steps:

1. In a heavy bottom pan, melt butter over low heat.

2. Once butter is melted, add brown sugar and a dash of salt. Stir thoroughly.

3. Next, add corn syrup and continue to stir.

4. Slowly add condensed milk, stirring constantly.

5. Cook over low heat and continue stirring constantly.

6. Once caramel starts to boil, continue cooking until the caramel reaches 230° and then start to test for "soft ball stage." This takes approximately 16-18 minutes to get to this point, all the while stirring constantly.

7. Once removed from heat, add vanilla and stir.

8. Pour caramel into a generously buttered 9 x 13 glass baking dish.

9. Once caramel has cooled, remove from baking dish and place caramel on a piece of wax paper. I use a long spatula that has been buttered so the caramel will not stick to it when removing from glass dish.

10. Cut into bite size pieces.

11. You can wrap the caramel individually in wax paper and twist up the ends, or place caramel in a container with wax paper between the layers.


Cookie Dough Truffles by Garnish with Lemon

cookie dough truffles



1 stick unsalted butter at room temperature

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Chocolate coating:

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into small pieces

1/2 teaspoon coconut oil

The steps:

1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Mix in milk and vanilla. Add flour and salt and mix on low until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover with plastic wrap and chill dough for about 30 minutes until firm enough to roll into 1-inch balls.

2. Place rolled balls on a baking sheet lined with wax paper and place in the freezer for at least 30 minutes to firm.

3. Place chocolate and coconut oil in a bowl and melt for 60 seconds. Stir. Repeat for 30 seconds until chocolate is completely melted. Let it cool. 

4. Remove a handful of balls from the freezer at a time and dip in chocolate. Tap off any excess coating and place back on wax paper to set. Add mini chips while the coating is still damp.

5. Refrigerate in an airtight container. 

What will you be baking this Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comments below!

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Claire R.
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